The Lost Island (Gideon Crew)

By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

Gideon Crew--brilliant scientist, grasp thief--is residing on borrowed time. while his mysterious company, Eli Glinn, provides him an eyebrow-raising project, he has no cause to refuse. Gideon's activity: thieve a web page from the necessary publication of Kells, now on exhibit in manhattan urban and guarded via unbreakable protection.

Accomplishing the very unlikely, Gideon steals the parchment--only to benefit that hidden underneath the gorgeously illuminated photograph is a treasure map courting again to the time of the traditional Greeks. As they reflect on the unusual map, they notice that the treasure it ends up in isn't any usual fortune. it truly is anything way more invaluable: an grand discovery which can even perhaps shop Gideon's life.

Together along with his new accomplice, Amy, Gideon follows a path of cryptic clues to an unknown island in a distant nook of the Caribbean Sea. There, off the opposed and desolate Mosquito Coast, the pair notice the extreme treasure they're searching conceals a good larger shock-a revelation so profound that it could gain the full human race . . . if Gideon and Amy can survive.

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Either one of us, cured via the lotus. We’ve obtained to spot the plant—and the Cyclops is the major to that. ” “How? ” “You’re the single who’s sturdy at social engineering. take into consideration how we would convince the Cyclops to teach us the plant. ” “The final time i attempted social-engineering a Cyclops, it ended badly. are you aware why he’s holding us? ” “Fear,” Amiko stated. “I think he’s afraid of people and thinks that if he shall we us move, we'd get back with extra of our variety. ” “He’s most likely correct. ” “I’m eager about the social engineering, Gideon. I’ve attempted every thing. I can’t holiday via his suspicion. and also you know…” She gave a bit snigger. “He’s type of dumb, really. In a candy method. He should be simply manipulated—if you may simply locate find out how to do it. ” Gideon sat again, pondering. profitable social engineering constantly exploited a easy desire. Odysseus had gotten Polyphemus under the influence of alcohol and placed out his eye. other than the very fact that they had no wine, hurting the creature was once out of the query. The Cyclops had injured them—but it had additionally stored either their lives. that they had no longer won its belief, however…only its forbearance. And that was once a tenuous factor certainly. They had to make associates. The Cyclops used to be long gone for the current, the rock rolled over the mouth of the cave. Gideon spotted that their drysacks were thrown into one nook. Crawling over to his, he rummaged via it, then eventually dumped the contents onto the sand. Knife, gun, miscellaneous junk. Friendship begun with an alternate of presents. He couldn’t provide away the gun; along with, the creature wouldn’t understand how to exploit it. The knife? He wanted that, too. And he’d spotted that the Cyclops already had an array of fantastically made stone knives with bone handles. “If you’re searching for a gift,” Amiko stated, “I considered that. We don’t have something he would wish. We forgot the beads and mirrors. ” “One of the headlamps? ” “He turns out to determine completely good at midnight. ” Gideon inspiration for some time. Social engineering constantly all started with figuring out the target’s private wishes and needs. What have been a Cyclops’s uncomplicated wishes? nutrients, water, intercourse, protect, hearth… Gideon all at once had an idea. He defined it to Amiko. She inspiration for a second and acknowledged, “Worth a test. ” “Fetch a kind of spears and climb on my shoulders. ” Amiko grabbed a spear and climbed up. Unsteadily, ignoring the ache, he controlled to elevate her. Taking the butt finish of the spear, she reached upward, jammed it right into a crack within the ceiling, and commenced prying. “Don’t commence a cave-in. ” “I’m making an attempt to not. ” “When a rock comes free, provide a shout. ” She pried from side to side with the pole, loosening a bit of lava from the ceiling. by surprise she gave a shout and jumped off his shoulders; he threw himself sideways as a wide chew of lava got here down with a crash, touchdown with a thud within the sand close to the hearth, showering them with smaller rocks, certainly one of which glanced off his brow, leaving a bad minimize. Gideon wasted no time. He amassed up the various smaller rocks and artfully dumped them at the fireplace, scattering a number of round, including a few sand.

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